The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the water, agrofood and renewable energy sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Brent Elemans - YEP Energy at Pondera Consult in Indonesia

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Thacien Munyamahame

Where is he now? Network Facilitator at Agriprofocus

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Rwanda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network organisation in the agri-food sector that is working in 12 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and headquartered based in The Netherlands. As a network with a mission to making agribusiness work for development, we strive to promote collaboration between private sector, government agencies, knowledge institutes, development partners and farmer organisations.


Our network building activities are the basis for our network approach. They are really focused on building our membership base (marketing of the network), creating a collaborative culture and trust between diverse stakeholders, organising sharing and exchange of information and lessons learned, leading to more efficient cooperation and synergy between (Dutch) members.


My task will therefore be to gather best practices for our general network building activities from the country networks; examining what strategies exist in different countries to market the AgriProFocus; what works and what doesn’t? I will distinguish between online and offline network building activities. I will then develop a plan on how to present these best practices and think of way of how to integrate these in the daily work of all network colleagues.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Farming and Agriculture technologies
  • Platform and social media management
  • Communication and marketing
  • Group facilitation and training
  • Video and Photo editing

I am a professional agronomist and communicator by training and holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Agriculture at National University of Rwanda (NUR). I have 3 years’ experience in coordinating agricultural projects, training and coaching farmers’ organisations, farm entrepreneurship, and platform management. I also have a practical experience in conducting agricultural research for development. I am an innovative person with social qualities which can help me to adapt any condition from any environment and I positively work with a friendly manner.



Nationality: Rwandan

  • Diploma in Agri technologies (irrigation, Horticulture and value chain development) in AgroStudies program, Israel state                                                                       
  • Bachelor of Science honors Degree in Agriculture at National University of Rwanda (NUR)                                                                      
  • Certificate in Biochemistry at Groupe Scolaire de Butare

Experience before YEP

  • Marketing and Communications Facilitator, AgriProFocus Rwanda (APF)
  • Agricultural project coordinator, Better World international (BWI)
  • Assistant in value chain development advisor at International Fertilizer Development Center Rwanda (IFDC)
  • Head of Income Generation Project at Rwanda Village Concept project (RVCP)
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